Sexuality and Relationship Education
Our Sexuality and Relationship Education Service supports young people and adults with disability to:
- Learn about relationships and sexuality
- Explore and manage their relationships and sexuality by providing emotional support
- Be intimate with a sexual partner (including seeing a sex worker)
We strongly believe that that everyone has the right to receive sexuality and relationship education, express their sexuality and choose their partners (including same-sex partners) and to be positively supported by staff, caregivers and support people.
What we offer
Our qualified, friendly and non-judgmental team offer support in three ways:
Access assistance with sexual activity
Our staff will assist you to coordinate the right supports for your chosen sexual activity. Staff will discuss your individual sexual needs, desires and your support requirements for your chosen intimate moment (for example support with positioning and assisting you to set up your sexual experience). We will make you feel confident and enjoy your sexual activity through our dignified and non-judgmental service.
Sexuality and relationship counselling
Through our one-on-one counselling sessions, we provide emotional support so you can manage your relationships, sexual health and sexuality. Our counselling sessions provide a safe space to explore important issues.
We offer group workshops and individual education for you to deepen your understanding about relationships, sexual health and sexuality as an everyday life skill. Our group workshops and individual education covers topics to support you to understand relationships, dating, consent, sexual health and the body.
When and where this service is available
Education sessions are delivered from Northcott’s Metropolitan Sydney locations. Education sessions can also be delivered via teleconference if located regionally.
Sexuality and Relationship Counselling is delivered from Parramatta, Seven Hills and Hornsby. However service can be delivered from other metropolitan Sydney locations (Campbelltown, Casula, Hurstville, Penrith) but may include additional travel costs.
What type of funding can you use to access Sexuality and Relationships Education?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will use the following terms to describe the funding you can use to purchase services through the Sexuality and Relationship Education Service:
|Assistance with sexual activity||Counselling||Education sessions*|
|Assistance with daily living|
|Assistance with social and community participation|
|Increased social and community participation (Individual skills development and training)|
|Increased social and community participation (Skills development in a group)|
|Improved daily living (Individual counselling)|
|Improved relationships (Individual social skills development)|
* We support various forms of disability including neurological, congenital and genetic conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Spina Bifida. We also support people with intellectual disability such as Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay, Fine Motor Delay, Developmental Coordination Disorder and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).